BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
This dense, ancient forest, is home to half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, as well as an impressive 350+ species of bird. The area also offers the chance to encounter the Batwa forest tribe and other community orientated activities.
The most frequently visited part of the forest is Buhoma, where there are numerous international standard properties, but on the western edge of the forest lies Nkuringo, home to a couple more stylish lodges.
Clients trek from a variety of start points – including Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Buhoma itself – dependant upon their allocated group from one of 15 habituated families.
Before booking accommodation, ensure your DMC has gorilla permits available for the specific dates. Treks vary in length and physical demand, with clients allocated different families, just ahead of their trek, according to the clients’ capabilities and requests. Clients will be put into groups of eight, which may be mixed.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
Gorilla trekking / Gorilla habituation
Forest walks (Nkuringo to Bwindi)
Canoeing on Lake Matanda
HOW LONG TO STAY
Two to three nights.
WHAT WE SAY
There are numerous great properties to choose from. Ensure your clients don’t just trek for gorillas, they should visit the Batwa community, the amazing local hospital and just enjoy sitting on the verandah of their lodge taking in the views and spotting numerous colourful bird species.
WHEN TO GO
Gorilla trekking is available all year round.
It’s possible to fly into Bwindi, but the road transfer from Kampala takes around 8 hours (so consider a stay at Lake Mburo to break the journey), which also allows clients to enjoy the vibrant Ugandan countryside.
MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK
The name says it all, but it should be borne in mind that the single habituated family – Nyakagazi – does wander into Rwanda from time to time. The Batwa tribe of (former) forest dwellers and the endangered golden monkeys are major draws too.
This 38 km2 park is essentially Uganda’s section of the Virungas, adjoining both Rwanda and DRC offering magnificent views southwards towards three extinct volcanoes, as well as northwards towards the Bwindi forest. It sits at between 2,230 and 4,127m high and due to its location, can be easily accessed from the Rwandan side, as well as from Uganda.
Mountain Gorilla trekking
Golden Monkey trekking
HOW LONG TO STAY
We’d recommend a stay of at least two or three nights.
WHAT WE SAY
The area is simply breathtaking and the landscape reminiscent of neighbouring Rwanda. Mgahinga’s gorillas’ reputation for cross-border excursions mean that the park is often a better bet for travellers seeking last-minute permits.
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